Honor Daw1,2

(circa July 1831 - 6 June 1897)
FatherIsaac Smith Dawe3 (cir. Mar 1797 - May 1851)
MotherBetsey Matters (cir. Apr 1792 - Oct 1863); relationship assumed cos she was married to Isaac Smith Dawe (!)
Relationship2nd great-grandmother of Lorna Henderson
Honor ROWE nee DAWE (1831 - 1897)

BMDB data

     Some sources believe Honor Daw was born in 1828 this being presumed to have been derived from her age as given on her marriage cert, but this is 3 yrs prior to Honor's baptism. Perhaps she advanced her age in order to wed without parental permission? It is assumed that she was baptised soon after birth as the 1831 year that implies agrees with the age given in the 1851 census.3
     Honor Daw was born cir. Jul 1831 Newton Mill, Tavistock, DEV, ENG, (mar. cert implies 1828, 1851 cens. implies 1831 and provides place of Tavistock which latter is confirmed by baptism which shows Isaac Smith & Betsy DAW living at Newton Mills.)4,5,6,3,7 She was baptized on 27 Jul 1831 Tavistock, DEV, ENG; entry shows Honour as daughter of Isaac Smith (miller) & Betsy DAW at Newton Mills.4,8
     Honor Daw married William Rowe, son of Matthias Rowe and Ann King, on 26 Sep 1850 St Andrews Par. Ch, Plymouth, DEV, ENG, Reg. Plymouth Qtr 3 Vol 9 page #455 (same year volume and page as the marriage in the March qtr, Plympton St Mary, of William's brother Joseph to Honor's sister Thirza) Cert reads: William, 23, mariner resident 6 Gilwell St, s/o Matthew Rowe, farmer, married Honour Daw 22, resident 56 Cambridge St, d/o Isaac Smith Daw, miller. Performed at Parish Ch. of St Andrew, Plymouth 26 Sep 1850. Wit: Isaac Daw and Eliz Staddon (all signed) (assumed9 to be Honor's brother and his wife to be.)10,11,12,13,9,14
     Honor Rowe died on 6 Jun 1897 Huirangi, nr Waitara, TNK, NZ; Certified copy reads: On 6 June 1897 at Huirangi, Honor Rowe, 66 years, of rhematic arthritis and senile decay, exhaustion 14 days. Father ..Dow, miller, Mother's names unknown. NB Father's name should read Daw. Buried 9 Jun 1897 Huirangi. Born England, in NZ 45 years. Married at unknown age in England to William Rowe. Survived by M 44,40,34,30,25,22 (assumed to be Matt, William Henry, Alfred, Albert and John resp.) F 36,32,27 (assumed to be Helen (Turnbull), Elizabeth and Sarah)
     Dth notice read: Rowe On June 6th at her residence Huirangi, Honnor (sic), the wife of W Rowe. The funeral of the late Mrs Honnor Rowe will leave her late residence for the Huirangi Cemetery at 2pm on Wed Jun 9th Friends kindly accept this intimation.15,7 She was buried with William Rowe Huirangi Cem., nr Waitara, TNK, NZ, Plot 66 h/stone reads:ILMO Honnour the beloved wife of William Rowe died Jun 6th 1897 aged 66 years; Also William Rowe died 25th Apr 1915 aged 88 years. Sarah Rowe died 26 Sep 1901 aged 31 yrs. (Honnour was buried 9 Jun 1897, Sarah (their dtr who died in a fire) on 29 Sep 1901 and William on 27 Apr 1915, William is between his wife an ddtr.)16,15,7,17
     Family lore (Eric) has it that Harry (Matt's son, Honor's grdson) "called on Honor Daw's people in London in WWI". Who exactly they were we do not know, although several of the Rowe/Dawe relations did indeed live in London. One descendant (Alice) recalls being told they had a lot of clocks!18,19


     Honor Rowe immigrated bet. Oct 1852 - Nov 1856 to TNK, NZ; from Devon, ENG. "In NZ 45 years" on Honor's 1897 death cert, which implies 1852, son Matthias had supposedly been in NZ 46 yrs in 1901, which implies 1855 (assumes Matt came to NZ with his mother as he would only be about 3 in 1855) An obituary held by Marian M says "4 years after husband" and their next son was born Jul 1857, so Honor has to have arrived prior to Nov 1856. Husband William's 1915 dth cert says he had been in NZ 61 yrs, which implies he emigrated c 1854, which makes the 4 yr gap hard to fit in.20,7,13

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Honor Daw appeared on the census of 7 Jun 1841 Newton Mill, Tavistock, DEV, ENG, in the household of Isaac Daw and Betsy Daw shown as Honor Daw.21 By Sep 1850 Honor Daw was living 56 Cambridge St, Plymouth, DEV, ENG, when she married William.22
     Honor Rowe appeared on the census of 30 Mar 1851 45 Tavistock St, Devonport, Stoke Damerel, DEV, ENG, with William Rowe, enumerated as William: head mar 23 Victualler b. Bickleigh; Honor: wife, mar. 20, b. Tavistock (NB Honor has lost 2 yrs of age in 6 mths, isn't it a miracle what marriage does!)23


     Isaac, David, Mary, Bettsey, Thirza, Honor and Jane were beneficiaries in the 10 Nov 1847 will of their father Isaac Smith Dawe Lumburn, Dist of Tavistock, DEV, ENG.24


     As of 1831, Honor Daw was also known as Honour Daw.4
     Her name appears on records spelt in many different ways: Honnor, Honor, Honour, Honnour. also Dow, Daw and Dawe in most combinations of these.

All the other info

     Honor Daw witnessed the marriage of Joseph King Rowe and Thirza Dawe on 14 Mar 1850 Par. Ch, St Budeaux, Dist of Plympton St Mary, DEV, ENG.25,6,26,27
     On 1 Sep 1860 Honor Rowe moved temporarily to NLN & CBY, NZ, this coming from a quote in a letter from Anthony Brooking, William's cousin. "All the women and children yet remaining in the place are now ordered to Nelson & Canterbury. Wm. Rowe's wife & brats is going Septr. 1 - and I expect Francis's formation crooked rib (wife) also - ...". They cannot have been away long as dtr Helen was born in Taranaki in Jun 1861.28 William and Honor were predeceased by their dtr Sarah Peeke Rowe on 11 Mar 1863.29,30
     A letter Thirza Rowe sent to Honor Rowe on 19 Oct 1863 from Heavitree Rd, Exeter, DEV, ENG: mentions a "very ansom" broach (brother) David has sent (to their mother Betsy), had bought a gold chain and given it to Betsy (Bennett nee Daw, she was staying with the Bennetts), signed herself "from your affectionate sister T Rowe" with a note that "it was my wish you should have the Broach and the earings"
(undated, unaddressed, but with her husband, JK Rowe's, letter to William about Honour and Thirza's mother's death.)31
     A letter Ann Rowe sent to Honor Rowe on 8 Feb 1888 from 1 Higher Belmont Rd, Exeter, DEV, ENG: Dear Aunt (assumed to be Honour Rowe nee Dawe in NZ). Letter mentions: "a sad Christmas with us losing my dear sister under such painful circumstances" (identified as Hannah Trimble Couch nee Rowe, presumed to have died in childbirth); "now to be the last left of four daughters"..Mother ..does have good health & spirits & Mr Lamacraft is very good indeed"; (mother) has brought us all up to good trades"; Aunt Sarah (identified as Sarah Davey nee Rowe) "only lives about 3 minutes walk from us now so we see a good bit of her"; "I am sorry Elizabeth does not get better" (Honour's dtr with epilepsy); Uncle Isaac losing "so much money"; "Aunt Bennett (Honors sister Betsy) is staying with us"... "her youngest daughter Grace .. a great caution"; "My Eldest brother William ..doing well in his mills about 18 miles from here.. has a good wife.."; "My second brother in America (assumed to be Joseph) has married again & got a little family about him & has to work hard."; My two other brothers are in business houses in London unmarried"; Honour had obviously told her niece Annie of her life in NZ as Annie's letter responds: "What long days of work yours must be I am thinking no one in this country works so hard as you do & when things are sold at such low prices it seems very hard, I hope times will soon be better."32
     A letter Sarah Peek Davey sent to Honor Rowe on 7 Oct 1891 from Dagmar Pl, Heavitree, Exeter, DEV, ENG: (see Thirza's dth for 1st part of letter) she had great trouble with her youngest son Matty but that you must not say anything about, I fancy ?he'll? feel it very much ?now? I am thankful today that we are very well all the boys that are in England have been home for their holidays & were very well. All at Plymouth were very well when I heard from them, I ?must? now conclude with kind love from your affectionate sister S P Davey
Since I wrote the above I have heard that your sister Mary Cook is very ill (.ter) had a letter from the master of the (wor)khouse of (next 4 words illegible but might be ? Burton on Trent) (?askin?)g Thirza to come to see her ??? they had to write to say ???? Monday.33
     Honor Rowe was not listed on the electoral roll of 1893, the first to include women.34
     A letter David Dawe sent to Honor Rowe on 5 Feb 1893 from Williamstown, Melbourne, VIC, AUS: Mrs Brooking (assumed to be Ann Brooking nee Smith, wife of John Rowe Brooking, as she died 21 Jan 1893) had "Died after a very Short ilness" (influenza)..."I often went to see her and she always said she was waiting for me to go with her to newzeland" his working conditions had changed and he had to make up time, suffered badly with "rhumatics"; mathias (Honor's son) can't have been well.35 She was mentioned in the letter from Sarah Peek Rowe to William Rowe on 4 May 1893 DEV, ENG.36

External links

     Click here to see Honor's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.37


William Rowe (cir. Oct 1827 - Apr 1915)
  • Matthias Rowe38 (Oct 1852 - Dec 1901)
  • William Rowe (Jul 1857 - Aug 1923)
  • Sarah Peeke Rowe (Mar 1859 - Mar 1863)
  • Helen Rowe (Jun 1861 - May 1917)
  • Henry Rowe (Aug 1863 - Dec 1947)
  • Fanny Rowe (Aug 1863 - bef. Jun 1897)
  • Elizabeth Rowe (Aug 1865 - Jan 1907)
  • Alfred Rowe (Jan 1868 - Mar 1941)
  • Sarah Rowe (Jul 1870 - Sep 1901)
  • Albert Rowe (Mar 1873 - Nov 1949)
  • John Trimble Rowe (Mar 1875 - Nov 1956)
  • Hannah Rowe (Feb 1877 - Mar 1877)
ChartsMy direct DAWE line
ROWE descendant chart
My pedigree chart (#1)
My pedigree chart (#2)
Maternal ancestors of Lorna
Maternal timeline
Isaac DAW(E) lines represented by atDNA tests
Last Edited5 Mar 2020


  1. (although surname erroneously spelt Dow.)
  2. Matthias ROWE, DCC: ROWE, Matthias 1901, Huirangi, TNK, Certified p/copy dated Sep 1985, rcvd from Marie C, Edgecombe, Aug 1993.
  3. Interview, Lori SINTON nee ROWE, Mar. 1850 Wm ROWE/Honor DAW, p/copy rcvd Oct 2001 (but where have I filed it?).
  4. Births marriages burials: DEV, ENG, Bap. 27 Jul 1831 Honour d/o Isaac Smith (miller) & Betsy DAW at Newton Mills, Tavistock, DEV, extracted Aug 2016.
  5. Communication, Marion MORRIS nee JURY (915), Dec 1999.
  6. Lois Saleeba (19674), "EM DAW: Tavistock, ex Lois S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, DAW(E) FTree, rcvd Dec 1999.
  7. Honor ROWE nee DAW (14), DC: Honor ROWE nee DAW 1897, P/copy of certified copy, dated Sep 1985, rcvd from Marie C, Edgecombe, Aug 1993.
  8. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), rcvd Feb 2000.
  9. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jan 2005.
  10. MARR. INDEX: St Caths:, Marr. 1850 William ROWE & Honor DAW, reg. Plymouth, Sep qtr IX/455.
  11. Interview, Lori SINTON nee ROWE, Mar. Sept 26th 1850 William ROWE & Honour DAW, Parish Church St Andrew, Plymouth, DEV, p/copy rcvd Oct 2001, scanned Jan 2012.
  12. Www FreeBMD ENG online at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marr. 1850 William ROWE & Honour DAW, reg. Plymouth Sep qtr IX /455, rechecked Dec 2003.
  13. William ROWE, DC: William ROWE 1915, Inspection p/copy held, dated Aug 1993.
  14. Various, BDM Certified copy, Marr. 1850 William ROWE and Honour DAW, copy rcvd from Marie COX Mar 2006 (originally from Brenda c 1990s).
  15. Newspaper clippings, Dth Notice Honnor ROWE, Taranaki Herald 7 Jun 1897, p/copy taken Nov 1993 held.
  16. Waitara, TNK Huirangi Cemetery, Burials , Extracted c 1993 (extracted 1993).
  17. Various Photograph(s), Various, unknown repository, H/stone William, Honnour & Sarah ROWE, Huirangi Cem., Waitara, taken Jun 2005.
  18. Interview, Eric & Joyce TERRILL, 1993, Hawera, Aug 1993.
  19. Various, interviews / personal knowledge , Alice HENDERSON nee ANDREWS, to Lorna McI, c 1993.
  20. Communication, Marion MORRIS nee JURY (915), Quoted in obituary, assumed to be in Taranaki Herald c Jun 1897, rcvd via phone conversation Dec 1999.
  21. Val Symis (30421), "EM DAWE/TAYLOR ex Val SYMIS," e-mail to L Henderson (1), digital copy of entry on 1841 census: Tavistock (HO107/249 Bk 6 Folio 8 ED 3 Pg 10 & 11), rcvd Jan 2004.
  22. Interview, Lori SINTON nee ROWE, Mar. Sept 26th 1850 William ROWE & Honour DAW, Parish Church St Andrew, Plymouth, DEV, p/copy rcvd Oct 2001.
  23. Census: DEV 1851, PRO HO/107/1882 Folio 319 p 29 LDS film 0221031.
  24. Jill GROVES (42553), "EM Cook/Ravey ex Jill G," e-mail to L Henderson(1), Will Isaac Smith DAW, wrtiten 10 Nov 1847, proved 28 Jun 1851, transcr rcvd Jan 2006.
  25. Births marriages burials: DEV, ENG, Marr. 14 Mar 1850 Joseph King s/o Matthias ROWE; Thirza d/o Isaac Smith DAW, St Budeaux, copy d/loaded Jul 2018.
  26. Brenda ROWE, "EM ROWE family ex Brenda ROWE nee RIDDLE," e-mail to L Henderson (1), ex Pat N, rcvd Jun 2000.
  27. MARR. INDEX: St Caths:, Marr. 1850 Thirza DAW & Joseph King ROWE, reg. Plympton St M(ary), Mar. qtr, IX/455 (Index barely legible), extraced Dec 1999.
  28. Peter Whitaker Taylor, The Lure of New Lands, Letter written by Anthony BROOKING to "Neighbour Jack & Jill" (his brother John and wife Ann in Sandridge, Australia) , dated 26 Aug 1860, extracted Mar 2006, original info rcvd in a letter from Pat N, Feb 2000.
  29. New Plymouth Courthouse BDM, Births Deaths Marriages , Dth 1863 Sarah Peek ROWE (Extracted Nov 1993 (L McI)).
  30. BDM: NZ Certificates, Dth 1863 Sarah Peek ROWE, Ref 94.
  31. ROWE/DAWE Letters & Photos in possession of Marion MORRIS nee ROWE - photographed by Lorna Henderson (1), Apr 2008, Undated, but assumed to be from Heavitree Rd, Exeter (DEV) Oct 19 1863, from T(hirza) ROWE to her sister (Honour ROWE, New Plymouth, TNK, NZ), db updated Apr 2008.
  32. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), from copy of letter dated Feb 8th 1888 sent from Annie (SKEWES nee ROWE) to her Aunt (assumed to be Honour ROWE nee DAWE in NZ), original in possession of Marion M, Akd, NZ, rcvd Nov 2003.
  33. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), Letter from Sarah Peak DAVEY nee ROWE in Heavitree to Honor ROWE nee DAWE dated Oct 7 1891, copy rcvd Nov 2003 (Original in possession of Marion MORRISS, Auckland).
  34. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, Elect. Roll (1893) Women, searched Dec 2003.
  35. ROWE/DAWE Letters & Photos in possession of Marion MORRIS nee ROWE - photographed by Lorna Henderson (1), Apr 2008, Williamstown, (VIC, AUS) Feb 5 (1893) from D & M DAWE to his sister and brother(Honor & William ROWE), copy taken Apr 2008.
  36. Letter, Pat NICHOLS nee BAKER (20707) to L Henderson (1), Letter 6 from Exeter (Sarah Peak DAVEY nee ROWE to her brother William & Honour in Taranaki, dated May 4th 1893), original in possession of Marian MORRIS, Auckland NZ, copy rcvd Nov 2003, processed Feb 2005.
  37. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct 2011.
  38. Certificate, Matthias ROWE (9) & Caroline Emma Austin GIBSON (8) marriage of 04 Feb 1882 1882 Ref 99 Inspection p/copy held, Aug 1993, scanned Jan 2012.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.